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James L. Philbern 1928 - 2017

James L. Philbern, 89, died Nov. 5, 2017, at home in Great Bend. He was born April 13, 1928 at Littleton, Colo., the son of Lou Frank and Pauline (Smith) Philbern. A lifetime resident of Great Bend, James worked in the oilfield for many years, being most recently employed by Murray Casing Crews, Inc. James was an avid fisherman and enjoyed playing cards.

November 06, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Janet L. Deets 1955 - 2017

DODGE CITY - Janet L. Deets, 62, passed away Nov. 3, 2017, at her residence in Dodge City. She was born Jan. 25, 1955, in Larned, the daughter of Merwyn C. and Nadine Nauert Deets. A lifetime area resident she graduated from Larned High School and attended Fort Hays State University. She was in retail sales for JCPenney at Larned and Dodge City. The last 20 years were spent in the Jewelry Department.

November 06, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Floy Leota “Lee” Webs 1931 - 2017

LACROSSE - Floy Leota "Lee" Webs, 86, died Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, at Select Specialty Hospital in Wichita. Mrs. Webs was born May 8, 1931, in Van Zandt Co., Texas, the daughter of Alpha Omega and Della Victory (Morse) Cantrell. On Sept. 17, 1950, she married Lawrence Webs at Hays, Kansas. He preceded her in death in 1985.

November 06, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Gerald Frank Hamilton 1934 - 2017

HOISINGTON - Gerald Frank Hamilton, 83, died Nov. 3, 2017, at Clara Barton Hospital in Hoisington. He was born July 24, 1934, in Moundridge, the son of Theodore Frank and Katherine (Head) Hamilton. Gerald graduated from Hoisington High School in 1953. He served in the United States Army from 1957 to 1959. On July 18, 1975, he married Lucille Yager in Las Vegas, Nev. She preceded him in death on March 31, 1988. A longtime Hoisington resident, Gerald was a truck driver for Graves Truckline of Great Bend.

November 06, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Clarence ‘Butch’ Roland Johnson 1935-2017

PAWNEE ROCK - Clarence "Butch" Roland Johnson, Clarence "Butch" Roland Johnson, 82, of Pawnee Rock, passed away Oct. 31, 2017 in Via Christi Hospital, Wichita.

November 06, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Frances W. “Dovie” Cotton 1922 - 2017

Frances W. "Dovie" Cotton, 95, of Ellinwood, passed away on Thursday evening, Nov. 2, 2017, at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center in Great Bend. Dovie was born on Jan. 2, 1922, in Ionia County, Michigan, to Harry and Cora (VanLeuvan) Riker, and grew up in the Portland, Michigan area. She was united in marriage to Ralph K. Cotton on Aug. 6, 1939, at Portland, Michigan, and the couple owned and operated bakeries for all of their working life. They moved to Deadwood, South Dakota, in 1961, and lived there for 11 years until moving to Ellinwood in February of ...

November 04, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Jerry J. Stoecklein 1932 - 2017

Jerry J. Stoecklein, 85, died Nov. 1, 2017, at his home in Great Bend. He was born in Ellinwood Sept. 19, 1932, the son of Alexander C. and Anna Margaret (Wolf) Stoecklein. He graduated from Great Bend High School in 1952. Mr. Stoecklein was a United States Army veteran, serving during the Korean Conflict from 1953 through 1955. He married Merlyn L. Fischer Aug. 20, 1960, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Great Bend. She died July 7, 2015. A lifetime resident of Great Bend, Mr. Stoecklein retired from Central Kansas Utilities.

November 04, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Gerald Frank Hamilton

HOISINGTON - Gerald Frank Hamilton, 83, died Nov. 3, 2017, at Clara Barton Hospital, Hoisington. Services are pending and will be announced at a later date by Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home, Hoisington.

November 04, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Michael Orion Blackman 1980 - 2017

It is with great sadness that Michael Orion Blackman was called home, from Great Bend Regional Hospital, on Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, at the age of 36. Michael was born on Dec. 19, 1980, at St. Joseph Hospital, Wichita, to Priscilla (Woodward) and Wayne M. Blackman.

November 04, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Arlene L. Drake 1928 - 2017

Arlene L. Drake, 89, died Nov. 2, 2017, at her home in Great Bend. She was born April 13, 1928, at Ness City, the daughter of Clemens and Anna (Dinges) Riebel. She married Kenneth Marvin Drake Nov. 18, 1947, at Ness City. He died Nov. 21, 2007. A lifetime Great Bend resident, Mrs. Drake was a clerk at McCoy's Shoes.

November 03, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


John K. Habiger 1948 - 2017

BUSHTON - John K. Habiger, 69, passed away on Oct. 29, 2017, at Clara Barton Hospital in Hoisington. John was born in Great Bend on Sept. 6, 1948, the son of Paul and Anna (Heinz) Habiger. He was a graduate of Holy Name and Bushton High School. He earned a bachelor's degree at Fort Hays State University in 1970.

November 03, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Roland J. Strobel 1935 - 2017

SEWARD - Roland J. Strobel, 81, passed away on Thursday morning, Nov. 2, 2017, at Diversicare of Larned Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center. Roland was born on Dec. 29, 1935, on the family farm near Seward to George A. and Sadie Ann (Moore) Strobel. He lived and worked on the family farm until his mother passed away, after which he bought a home in Seward and lived there for the remainder of his life. Roland attended Hickman School in Stafford County to the 5th grade. He then went to St. Francis Xavier School and graduated from the 8th grade. He attended Radium ...

November 03, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Joseph Robert “Willy” Willesden Sr. 1944 - 2017

ORANGE GROVE, Texas - Joseph Robert "Willy" Willesden Sr., 73, died on Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, at his residence following an extended illness. He was born to Robert William and Lillian (Alger) Willesden on June 20, 1944, in Queens, N.Y. Willy, as he was known to his friends and family, served in the United States Navy. After serving in the Navy, he worked for many years in the oilfield and then worked for OxyChem as a Maintenance Supervisor.

November 02, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Gertrude Read 1929-2017

Gertrude Read, 89, passed away on Oct. 31 2017. She was born to George Henry and Frances Margaret (Stagner) Likes on Sept. 13 1928, in Emporia. Gertrude owned and operated Reads Retail Liquor in Great Bend for 33 years before retiring.

November 02, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


JuneAnna Marie Cruz-Gray 2005 - 2017

HUDSON - June-Anna Marie Cruz-Gray, 12, died Oct. 31, 2017, at Great Bend Regional Hospital, Great Bend. She was born May 13, 2005, at Great Bend, the daughter of Tabitha Gray. A Hudson resident for nine years, coming from Hoisington, JuneAnna was a seventh-grade student. She enjoyed tap dancing, animals and birds.

November 02, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


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Lester L. “Buck” Lindsay 1930-2017

OLMITZ - Lester L. "Buck" Lindsay, 87, died Dec. 4, 2017, at Diversicare of Larned.

December 04, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


George R. Slater 1932 - 2017

George R. Slater, 85, died Dec. 2, 2017, at Cherry Village Nursing Home, Great Bend. He was born June 12, 1932, at Coats, the son ...

December 02, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


James Matthew Zager 1952 - 2017

GARDEN CITY, Mo. - James Matthew Zager, 65, died Nov. 29, 2017, at Great Bend Regional Hospital, Great Bend. He was born Jan. 22, 1952, at ...

December 02, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Ernest (Bud) M. Amerine 1924 - 2017

OMAHA, Neb. - Ernest (Bud) M. Amerine passed away peacefully on Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017, at the age of 93, in Omaha, Neb.and went to ...

November 29, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Dallas Lynn DeWerff 1940 - 2017

ELLINWOOD - Dallas Lynn DeWerff 77, of Kingston, Okla. passed away Nov. 19, 2017, at the hospital in Durant, Okla. He was born on June 4 ...

November 29, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Sheryl ‘Sherie’ Esfeld 1949-2017

HOISINGTON – Sheryl "Sherie" Esfeld, 68, died Nov. 27, 2017, at her home in Hoisington.

November 28, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Norma I. Goodenough 1941-2017

GREAT BEND - Norma I. Goodenough, 76, died Nov. 27, 2017, at the Hays Medical Center.

November 28, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


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